31 March 2022

Throwback Thursday


So what are you going to do to me? 
- The Slanderer
Above: trapped in an iron neck brace, unable to speak or eat
Artist: Troy Brooks

Photo from 2019 exhibition:
HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture - Act IV
See post "Face off"



Group exhibition

 Ends December 31, 2022

 Halle Saint-Pierre
bookstore / coffee shop / museum / gallery 
2 rue Ronsard 75018

30 March 2022

Passage du Grand Cerf


  From one of Paris' most beautiful surviving covered passages whose name means "large deer," or stag.


29 March 2022

Terrace Tuesday

Terraces have been packed as Parisians soak in the nice weather.

Above: Place des Abbesses

Below: marionette shows in tents set up nearby keep little ones entertained

28 March 2022

Moules Monday


A waiter balances marmites filled with steamed mussels in their shells, accompanied by frites.

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24 March 2022

Matcha match


Matcha green tea latte blends with shades of turquoise on a terrace at the Canal de l'Ourcq.

22 March 2022

Block head


A cobblestone has been placed atop a dress mannequin at a construction site.

21 March 2022

Mona Monday

A novel interpretation of Mona Lisa in the window of a Left Bank gallery.


19 March 2022

Sign of the time

All during La Carême these chairs will remain shrouded in violet until Easter Sunday.

18 March 2022

Saint Patrick's Day Paris


Irish pubs throughout Paris filled with Irish revelers on Saint Patrick's Day.

Above: at Corcoran's high above the city on a stairway beneath the Basilica 

15 March 2022

View from a table


Le Grand Véfour, another classic I'd written up for USA Today, is not that different from the days Napoléon and Joséphine played footsies under the table.


Hopelessly romantic. Spectacularly beautiful. Brilliant food. This ultra elegant Michelin star makes a perfect "last night in Paris" - for USA Today... - BPJ

Chef de cuisine Guy Martin

 17 rue de Beaujolais 75001
Closed Sunday and Monday
- Be sure and book the salle historique on the ground floor -


14 March 2022


Today marks the end of the passeport vaccinal that, hopefully, won't ever have to rear its head again.

 Above: a raven perches on a balcony


11 March 2022

Fish Friday

 An eye-catching array of fresh seafood.


Throughout France, watch for at least one main course of fish or seafood on the menu at traditional French bistros, brasseries and restaurants every Friday, not just on Fridays during le Carême, which is Lent. - BPJ

4 March 2022

Fashion Friday

A closed café-restaurant that calls itself a café curieux has been curiously decorated with a stylish dachshund.
Dachshund is German for "badger dog." Their short legs keep them low to the ground to track scents, and, despite their small size, they can be quite fierce. We all know someone like that don't we. - BPJ

2 March 2022

Happy hour

It's almost evening and Happy Hour is nigh. Will they come?
Below: an hour later